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2020 Pigskin Preview

Edison bids to bounce back

RICHMOND — Hope springs eternal for the Edison football team. The fortunes of the Wildcats can only go in one direction this season, as they are looking to get back on track after an 0-10 campaign. “You learn from adversity,” third-year Edison head coach Shane O’Brien said. “We ...

Frontier looks to build on 2019 OVAC 1A crown

NEW MATAMORAS — There were pros and cons for the Frontier Cougars in 2019. The pros — they won seven games, their highest win total in 10 years, and claimed the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 1A championship. The cons — they lost their final two games of the season to finish 10th in ...

Cameron set to unveil newly turfed field

CAMERON — Going into his first year at as head coach at Cameron, not many people were thinking that Tim Brown’s squad was going to make much noise during the 2019 season. However, the Dragons were able to prove the doubters wrong by securing a 7-3 season and securing a spot in the West ...

Buckeye Trail is ‘all about the team’ this season

OLD WASHINGTON – It’s all about the team. As Donnie Kerns enters his fifth season as head coach of the Buckeye Trail Warriors, two things have caught his attention. The first is that the Warriors head into battle with more size up front than in quite a while and the second, and possibly ...

Goals never change at Wheeling Central

WHEELING — The last three years at Wheeling Central have been a whirlwind. The Maroon Knights had to overcome obstacle after obstacle but yet here they are, entering the 2020 football season in search of their fourth straight state championship trophy. Three years ago, the Knights began ...

Leek takes over the reins at Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE - Control what we can control. That’s the attitude of the Cambridge Bobcats as they prepare to embark on the 2020 football season under the guidance of first-year coach Ray Leek. Leek, a graduate of the University of Mount Union, was head coach at Mapleton High School last year ...

Indian Creek riding wave of success

WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek football program is on a major roll. The Redskins enter the 2020 campaign on the heels of back-to-back 5A OVAC championships and their first OHSAA playoff win, gaining a revenge post-season nod over Hubbard. Coach Andrew Connor’s squad ended 2019 with an ...

Steubenville looks to learn from 2019

STEUBENVILLE — Reno Saccoccia will be looking to celebrate his 50th year of football coaching by guiding his Big Red to a 22nd-straight winning season and a 20th-consecutive berth in the Ohio playoffs. “We’re planning on a season, and we’re ready to adjust to whatever they throw at ...

Steubenville CC returns quality cast

STEUBENVILLE — Second-year coach Anthony Agresta is dealing with a good news/bad news scenario as he prepares his Steubenville Catholic Central football team for the 2020 season. “The good news is we are ahead of last year,” said Agresta, who became the Crusader grid boss in April 2019 ...

Willis, John Marshall seek fast start

GLEN DALE — There’s no time to waste. That’s John Marshall head coach Jason Willis’ outlook on the upcoming season as he enters his third year at the helm of the Monarchs. A season ago, his squad got off to a slow start, opening the campaign with back-to-back setbacks on its way to ...

Shenandoah poised for continued success

It’s been a continuous upward ascent for the Shenandoah Zeps in the five years since Jesse Wells took over the coaching reins of his alma mater. Everyone in Zep Nation is hoping that climb continues in 2020. “It’s been very trying and very difficult,” admitted Coach Wells, referring ...

Wheeling Park seeking more consistency

By KYLE LUTZ For The Times Leader WHEELING — While it was another early exit for Wheeling Park, Patriots coach Chris Daugherty felt 2019 was a pretty successful year. After going 7-3, Wheeling Park fell in the opening round to Capital. However, a strong nucleus of players are coming back ...